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Cycle Enfield rolls on

Published Friday, 05 December 2014

Residents will be consulted on the £30 million Cycle Enfield project in the new year as Enfield Council develops its proposals to revolutionise cycling in Enfield.

The project aims to transform cycling in Enfield by providing a network of cycle routes including protected cycle lanes on some main roads and routes through parks and quieter streets. Town centres will be rejuvenated with improvements to paving, pedestrian facilities and street furniture as well as provision for safer and easier cycling.

Secure on-street cycle parking and cycle ‘hubs’ where people can get their bikes fixed, buy a recycled bike or park it securely at the station will also be provided to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to travel around the borough.

At the end of March 2014, the Council was notified by Transport for London (TfL) that it was one of three outer London Council’s selected to receive up to £30 million of Mini-Holland funding from the Mayor of London. Enfield’s project is called Cycle Enfield.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Our proposals for Cycle Enfield are complex and sophisticated and we are taking the time to get them right before we formally engage with residents and businesses for their comments.

“We have attracted significant investment into our borough and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to revolutionise cycling in our borough.

 “Enfield Council is absolutely committed to improve our cycling network, transforming our borough for residents and get more people on their bikes and Cycle Enfield will be integral to that process.”

Forthcoming work on the project will include carrying out parking, loading and town centre surveys in Enfield Town and along Green Lanes – London Road. The council’s business case for the project was approved by TfL in November, releasing funding of £8 million for design and construction in 2015/16 and Cycle Enfield Partnership Board meetings will start in January to shape the delivery of the project.

The first ‘Roadshow’ took place on Thursday 4 December in Enfield Town Centre where residents talked to staff about the programme. Engagement meetings will start in late January/early February to update residents on developments since the funding announcement in March and more roadshows will be held in the coming months to raise the profile of the project and engage the community.

The project has its own website, Facebook page and Twitter feed @Cycleenfield where you can keep up with all the cycling activities Enfield already provides.

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